Heinz-Kraft deal opens lid on possibly shaking up General Mills, other food giants

6 a.m. March 28

MINNEAPOLIS — General Mills Inc. doesn't have to worry about 3G Capital and Warren Buffett taking a run at it anytime soon, analysts say. The long term is another story.

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Three-building commercial project proposed on Mill Plain

By The Columbian March 27, 2015 6 a.m.

A Vancouver-based developer is proposing a three-building commercial development on vacant land at 14900 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd.

Vancouver Defenders moving to Uptown Village

By The Columbian March 27, 2015 6 a.m.

The law office of Jeffrey D. Barrar P.S./Vancouver Defenders is relocating from downtown to new offices in Uptown Village, effective Monday.

FDA to scrutinize unproven alternative remedies

By MATTHEW PERRONE, Associated Press March 27, 2015 6 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Federal officials plan to review the safety and evidence behind such alternative remedies as Zicam and Cold-Eeze, products protected by federal law, but not accepted by mainstream medicine.

Oil council: Arctic drilling is needed

By JONATHAN FAHEY, Associated Press March 26, 2015 6:23 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study to be released today.

Oil terminal foes granted full voice in review

By Eric Florip March 26, 2015 4:32 p.m.

The state panel reviewing a proposed oil terminal in Vancouver will allow more than a dozen parties to take part in the upcoming adjudication process surrounding the controversial project.

Feds revive vehicle loan program after flops

March 26, 2015 4:07 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The Department of Energy is reviving a vehicle loan program it pledged to retool after criticism it funded flops and wasted taxpayer money.

RadioShack fate hangs on hearing

By The Associated Press March 26, 2015 3:59 p.m.

WILMINGTON, Del. — An attorney for a lender that lost a bankruptcy auction for electronics retailer RadioShack has asked a Delaware judge to reopen the bidding.

Harrison to run for Baker’s seat on Vancouver port commission

By The Columbian March 26, 2015 3:55 p.m.

Peter Harrison has announced his candidacy for the District 2 seat on the nonpartisan Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners that is now held by Nancy Baker.

TransAlta tax break bill heard in committee

By Dameon Pesanti, The Chronicle March 26, 2015 3:08 p.m.

CENTRALIA — A bill that would give sales and use tax remittances to TransAlta after it converts the Centralia coal-fired power plant to natural gas was heard before the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday.

Soda continues to lose its fizz; Pepsi back to No. 2 spot

By Associated Press March 26, 2015 2:59 p.m.

NEW YORK — Americans bought less soda for the tenth straight year in 2014, with diet sodas shrinking more than their sugary counterparts, according to a report released Thursday.

Oil terminal foes set public forum for April 1

By Aaron Corvin March 26, 2015 2:57 p.m.

Opponents of a plan to build the nation's largest rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver are inviting the public to a forum aimed at detailing what they see as the project's threats to public safety and spelling out how people can help defeat it.

Americans flew in record numbers in 2014

By Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times March 26, 2015 2:46 p.m.

Airlines flew a record number of passengers in the U.S. last year, and Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport was the busiest airport in the nation with 47 million passengers.

Study finds WSU has $3.4B economic impact in state

By Associated Press March 26, 2015 9:49 a.m.

PULLMAN — A new study says Washington State University generated more than $3.4 billion in economic impact within the state last year.

Wells Fargo cuts 1,000 home loan service jobs

By Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel March 26, 2015 6 a.m.

MILWAUKEE — Wells Fargo & Co. said Wednesday it is planning to close its home loan servicing operation in Milwaukee this summer, eliminating about 1,000 jobs.

Inaugural Spring Brewfest draws 3,100 beer fans

By Justin Runquist March 26, 2015 6 a.m.

After taking down the big white tents at Esther Short Park this week, Cody Gray deemed his first-ever Spring Brewfest a successful event with staying power.

Register for the upcoming Economic Forecast Breakfast on Jan. 22, 2015 at the Vancouver Hilton, and catch a glimpse of the growth and development opportunities that lie ahead for this region. This year's keynote features Ken Fisher, founder and CEO of Fisher Investments in Camas, who will provide his outlook for the local economy.